With the Celtics already looking like no match for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, they revealed some terrible injury news on Saturday that will further limit their chances of competing against the defending champions.
All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas will miss the rest of the postseason with a right hip injury more specifically described as a femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear. Thomas battled through it in seven games against the Wizards in the second round after originally hurting himself on March 15 of the regular season. After playing with it for more than two months, the Celtics have shut him down.
Celtics Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian McKeon explained the decision in the press release in terms of avoiding "more significant long-term damage to his hip."
Thomas, 28, averaged 28.9 points per game this season to lead the Celtics to the top seed in the Eastern Conference. He continued to star in the playoffs, including a 53-point performance against the Wizards in Game 2 of their series.
Thomas has been through a lot in these playoffs. His sister, Chyna, passed away in a car accident the day before Boston's first round series against the Bulls began. Then, in Game 1 againsnt the Wizards, he lost a tooth to begin a long saga of dental surgeries.
Though it is over, Thomas had a postseason to remember. But now the Celtics want to make sure of his future and get his hip problem sorted out.